Experience magical Zimbabwe with this intimate overland tour through its wildlife and cultural highlights. Our journey starts at majestic Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and a highlight of African safari tours. Our adventure continues as we discover world-class game-viewing at Zimbabwe’s most famous national parks, including Hwange and Matobo, and immerse ourselves in the country’s unique history with a rare visit to the 900-year-old Great Zimbabwe Ruins, rumoured to be the capital of the legendary Queen of Sheba. The great inland lake of Kariba, one of Zimbabwe’s few wineries at Bushman Rock and traditional Zimbabwean hospitality are all included on this exciting journey.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Victoria Falls||3.||Great Zimbabwe National Monument|
|Tour Duration||:||13 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||04 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||12 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Victoria Falls
Welcome! We are met upon arrival in Victoria Falls and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or enjoy one of the many exciting optional activities available, including a traditional village or canopy tour, a breathtaking helicopter flight or a guided tour of the falls. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris for a list of optional activities and to pre-book. This evening, we meet with our guide and the rest of our group at the lodge at 18h00.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (2 nights)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)
Day 02: Victoria Falls
Today is free to explore exciting Victoria Falls, home to one of the wonders of the world! As the largest waterfall on earth, Victoria Falls* is a vast 1708 meters wide and a highlight of Africa safari tours. In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. (B, D)
Day 03: Victoria Falls/Lake Kariba (Drive)
Journey to the shores of beautiful Lake Kariba, one of the world’s biggest man-made lakes. At more than 220 kilometers long and 30 kilometers at its widest point, this breathtaking body of water is truly an inland sea! Nestled in the mountains and guarded by enormous reserves of game, the lake provides a spectacular opportunity for scenery and wildlife viewing alike. After lunch, we arrive at our lodge, which provides magnificent views over the islands of Lake Kariba’s western side.
Overnight: Masuma River Lodge, Lake Kariba (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)
Day 04: Lake Kariba
Spend the day with your feet up by the pool, or enjoy one of the optional activities available. Then, meet for our unforgettable afternoon sunset cruise, with chances to view elephant, crocodile and hippo, as well as many water birds. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Lake Kariba/Hwange National Park (Drive)
This morning, we journey to the northern section of Hwange National Park. Over the next two days, we will dive into this vast wilderness area on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s great wildlife havens, home to massive herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra, as well as large concentrations of giraffe. Various predators and birds can be seen here as well.
Overnight: Nantwich, Hwange National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and bar area)
Day 06: Hwange National Park
An exciting day ahead as we enjoy a full day game drive through this vast region. As the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe, Hwange is home to over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including all of Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Hwange National Park
Today we head to our next lodge, situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park, with chances to spot wildlife and enjoy beautiful scenery en route.
Overnight: Sable Sands, Hwange National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Cabins with en suite bathrooms, plunge pool and dining room area)
Day 08: Hwange National Park
Embark on a fascinating visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Center to witness the work being done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, partake in an open vehicle game drive on the concession in the afternoon. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Hwange National Park/Matobo Hills (Drive)
After breakfast, travel south to the majestic Matobo Hills*, a beautiful region rich with tribal history and dramatic rock landscapes. This national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s home to the extremely rare white and black rhinoceros, as well as the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is also prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles on earth. Once the home of the San Bushman, this area is replete with beautiful and ancient rock art.
Overnight: Camp Amalinda, Matobo Hills (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar and swimming pool)
Day 10: Matobo Hills
We spend the day exploring this unique national park. Morning is dedicated to tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot, with the chance to see these endangered creatures. Afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on a game drive, ending with a visit to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, who was laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit”, or “World’s View”, as it was named by him. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Matobo Hills/Great Zimbabwe Ruins (Drive)
A one-of-a-kind day ahead as we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins*. According to ancient legend, the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem. As some of the oldest and largest structures in Southern Africa, these ruins are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. We have an opportunity to explore these ancient ruins before checking in to our accommodation for the night.
Overnight: Lodge at the Ancient City, Great Zimbabwe Ruins (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar)
Day 12: Great Zimbabwe Ruins/Bushman Rock (Drive)
Today we journey to the Bushman Rock Estate, in operation since the mid 1900s as one of the few estate wineries in the country. After we have checked in, we have the option to walk to the Bushman Rock, where we can explore the ancient art-adorned caves and granite kopjies. After the walk, high tea is served on the veranda. In the later afternoon, we take a relaxed guided walk through the vineyards to the pontoon for a fun sundowner cruise. We end our day with a sumptuous tasting of up to nine of the estate’s private wines during a tutored tasting, followed by a three-course dinner.
Overnight: Bushman Rock Estate, Bushman Rock (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and tea garden)
Day 13: Bushman Rock/Depart Victoria Falls
We come full circle as we are transferred back to Victoria Falls in time for our departure flight. Or, enjoy an exciting extension to our Africa safari tour to see other regions of this unique continent, including Botswana, South Africa or Tanzania. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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